As the days get longer, St Giles’ is getting busier. Our church is a great place to perform and hear live music and this year, we’re spreading out our annual May Concert Series throughout the whole summer. There’ll be more concerts and a wider variety of music – we’ll keep you posted with all the details here at musicstgiles.com.
We’ll be kicking things off with the awesome saxophone sounds of the Greenwich Mean Time Quartet on Wednesday 25th May at 7.30pm. The quartet will feature works by Gershwin, Bernstein and Gach in their ‘Americana’ programme. This will be a fantastic way to relax after work – tickets are just £3 and the concert will last around 45mins to an hour. Wine is available before and afterwards.
During half-term we’ll be welcoming Southwark Training Orchestra, made up of musical school children from Lambeth, Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark, to St Giles’. The orchestra rehearses for 3 days and will then perform a concert at 5pm on Friday 3rd June – which is free of charge and all are welcome. We’re so pleased to invite the orchestra back as this is the second time they’ve performed at St Giles’ this year – we’re already planning a similar event in July!
On Saturday 11th June from 7pm, we’re planning a world first…
We had hoped to attempt a Guinness World Record for the longest pipe organ playing marathon at some point this year. We still hope to do that in the near future – but in the meantime we thought we’d combine karaoke and our venerable church organ to come up with ‘Organoke‘.
It’s essentially your chance to perform your favourite power ballad with the might of St Giles’ organ (and accompanying band) in front of a captive audience. Star of the Edwardian music hall stage, Ida Barr, will be our MC for the evening so you can be assured of a few RnB numbers alongside the inevitable Frank Sinatra and Coldplay exertions. And even if you don’t want to be the star of the show, you’ll be able to join in on some audience/congregation karaoke classics from our very own ‘hymnbook’! Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door.
On Monday 13th of June, we’re excited to welcome Oskar McCarthy (Baritone) and Rob Keeley (Piano) to sing Othmar Shoeck’s ‘Buried Alive‘. It’s scary but amazing!
And finally, on EU referendum day, escape the news and join us at 9pm at St Giles’ to hear some summery organ music. As the sun sets, candles will take over.. Wine is available and entry is free.
Hope to see you soon!